Beachy had a solid rookie year in 2011, and then last season in 13 starts he had one of the lowest starter ERAs in the majors at 2.00 before suffering an elbow injury and undergoing Tommy John surgery. If Beachy picks up where he left off, he will be a top … Read the rest
Braves starter Tim Hudson won his 200th game last week against the Washington Nationals, and today was awarded the National Player of the Week honor for the week ending May 5. Hudson went on to beat the Mets on Sunday to notch his 201st win and finish a perfect, 2-0 for the week.
Not only did Hudson pitch well last week, he laced a double to left center and then smashed an opposite field home run against the Nationals, while giving up only one run on three hits in seven innings, in a stellar all-around performance.
Hudson became just the … Read the rest
Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton is only 3 home runs away from tying the all-time April record for home runs. Upton now has 11 home runs this season, Albert Pujols (2006) and Alex Rodriguez (2007) are tied for the all-time record with 14.
Upton has already eclipsed the Braves all-time record for April homers. His 11th round-tripper against Colorado on Tuesday passed Ryan Klesko (1996) and Andres Galarraga (1998 and 200) who had held the record with 10.
When Upton blasted his 10th April homer in the 1st game of the just completed … Read the rest
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will be managing his seventh big league season in 2013. He managed the Marlins from 2006-2009, and of course, the Braves in 2011 and 2012.
The 2013 Atlanta Braves season will bring Gonzalez’s biggest expectations ever as a major league manager.
Gonzalez has been good in his big league managing career. As I noted in an earlier Atlanta Bullpen article that compared his record as Braves manager to Bobby Cox, Gonzalez has a .565 win percentage in Atlanta.
What you may … Read the rest
Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson are the two top candidates to man the Braves third base position this season. Most likely in some sort of platoon situation, although the Braves have hopes that one or the other can step up and play well enough to win the full-time job.
But could there be a dark horse candidate that will play a fair amount at third base, and perhaps even win the position?
In looking at the Francisco/Johnson platoon at third, there is one problem. Neither one hits left-handed … Read the rest
Braves catcher Brian McCann will face major challenges this season, and he will be facing them with a surgically repaired right shoulder that most likely won’t be 100% until the 2013 season is well underway.
McCann didn’t have a “Brian McCann” type season at the plate in 2012, when he hit only .230, with 20 homers, 67 runs-batted-in, a .300 on-base-percentage, and .399 slugging percentage. He enters 2013 in the last year of his contract, and he needs a solid year to prove that he’s healthy, and still capable of … Read the rest
Atlanta Braves manager, Fredi Gonzalez, sent out a message to a couple players this week. Gonzalez was miffed that utility infielder Tyler Pastornicky, and outfielder Jordan Schafer, were not at spring camp early.
Both Pastornicky, and Schafer, live in Florida, so Gonzalez couldn’t understand why they hadn’t arrived in camp by Wednesday, even though Thursday was the report day. Arriving early to camp has become the way of pro sports, nowadays. Being there on time is considered late.
Gonzalez had some thoughts he shared with the media about Pastornicky not being … Read the rest
Chipper Jones, Martin Prado, David Ross and Michael Bourn have all left the Braves, and it is always difficult to see players move on to other teams or retirement. In addition to performing well on the field, they were all popular in the clubhouse.
Chipper Jones has been thought by many to be the most popular player in Atlanta sports history, and rather than limping on to retirement in his last season like many greats, he delivered a very productive season that was filled with many clutch moments.
Prado … Read the rest